This time at the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson. The refurbished and extended gallery is our cultural highlight of the trip so far. The collection is wonderful with watercolours by Gully and Richmond and big oil landscapes by Woollaston.
The artists make us reconsider and look more closely at the land through which we travel. Already I can see the hills here are different. They’re more angular with long flanks and gullies with tops that are flat.
Looking northward from the foreshore near Richmond as we follow the Great Taste Trail cycle route out to Rabbit Island and the ferry to Mapua.
A big breakfast pie from Mapua Village Bakery layered as follows – beef, homemade beans, bacon, an egg, and cheese topping with herbs. It is a contender!
At Mapua Wharf with our takeaway at the Golden Bear Brewing Company. The food and beer were all excellent after our ride from Rai Valley via Nelson.
At last a moment to try another water colour. Back to a smaller A6 postcard format and a new larger brush bought with Polly in KL. I learnt a lot from trying to capture these trees that were blowing about in the wind on the steep slopes of the gardens.
A sign pointed out that:
This pine is common in New Zealand but critically endangered in its native California. These pines were planted here in the 1870s as part of a trail to assess the economic potential of various tree species. Pinus radiata proved to be the most successful and is the mainstays of New Zealand’s forestry industry.
The trees in New Zealand are now an important seed bank for those disappearing in North America.
Wonderful brutalist architecture from 1970 reminding me of the town hall in Geelong of several months ago. The architects were the Ministry of Works / Works Consultancy, Wellington (Peter Boyes, Terence Broad, Gerry Hoskins and Fergus Sheppard). A recent interior refurbishment has been completed by Warren and Mahoney Architects Ltd.
By MT Woollaston and to where we’ll soon be heading to avoid busy roads and the diversions caused by the still broken highways on the South Island.
Alain de Botton in his book ‘The art of travel’ argues that the way we see new places as we travel is influenced by how artists choose to depict them. In a visit to French Provence he sees corn fields and pine trees that might otherwise escape his attention if it were not for the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.
Artists and galleries open our eyes to the places where we’ve travelled and we always seek out national collections to see through other people’s eyes what they might see and value.
By Douglas MacDiarmid. This is a tiny oil painting on board capturing in a Cubist manner the light, colour and reflecting water of New Zealand.
So good! Lunch today at Poneke over looking the harbour from Clyde Quay Wharf.